The Creative Process & How to Cope

Disclaimer: This blog post is quite personal, and gives you a peek into the creative process for a Type-A Perfectionist (that's me). The creative process is not always a smooth, frictionless ride; rather, a series of ups and downs and a real need for self discipline to keep going AND take time to recover. If there is one take-away from this post, I hope it's that you know you're not alone and that you have a community of support.

I've been a bit quiet recently... And here's why. 

I started working on New Day By Sophia just under a year ago. Creating valuable content for felters, making resources that are educational to those who are using them to learn from, building a real community where I get to interact with people around the world, and at the same time, taking workshops, learning different techniques, and absorbing anything and everything I can get my hands on to progress my skill level.


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In other words, I've been doing a lot of learning, failing, making mistakes (constantly), sometimes spending money on things that don't go quite right, and really stepping outside of my comfort zone. I've been doing my best to allow myself to be imperfect. And it's been a pretty exhilarating (and exhausting) ride so far. 

I haven't just been learning about the craft, but I've been learning a lot about myself too. There have been several things that have surfaced that I didn't expect.

I realized that I was focusing too much on an imaginary "end goal" of knowing it all. I was lost in the mindset of reaching an unattainable, self-constructed finish line rather than enjoying the process. I want to stop there for a minute.

I wasn't enjoying the process anymore. That's BIG.

It took me a while to realize it. I will be open and say that I am a Type A, Perfectionist. And this typically surfaces as me being incredibly hard on myself. "I'm not doing enough, I'm not learning fast enough, I'm not going to be good enough". Imposter syndrome sinks in. 

But, isn't life all about the process? The day to day? The small little moments we can be grateful for? Without the process, it's hard to enjoy life.  

So, I took a break to hone in on what I was was feeling and why. I became aware.

The amazing thing about awareness is that when something surfaces, I am then able to pin point my distorted thoughts and then break free from them. I became aware that I needed to SLOW DOWN, to give myself space and time to feel grateful for how far I'd come. To keep up with self care like exercise and eating healthy rather than trying to keep up with the GO-GO-GO attitude. 

Essentially, I was stuck in the Dark Night of the Soul for far too long, and finally coming up for air. 

The Creative Process

I took a breather from New Day to become more aware, more mindful, peaceful and content. And now I'm jumping back in with a different perspective.

If you are just starting out in your creative journey, I know how you feel. Just keep in mind that we all start off struggling. Acknowledge yourself for starting. Just like putting on your runners to go for a run for the first time in a while, starting can sometimes be the hardest part! So give yourself a pat on the back, you're doing it!

The image I included above - please take with a grain of salt. I find that it's quite funny because it exaggerates the negative elements of the creative process -- but other than making me laugh, it also makes me feel like I'm not entirely alone in the way I've felt sometimes.

Dig your feet in, get messy, take chances, ask questions, take time for YOU to recover, and you will thank yourself for it as you start to see your gradual improvement over weeks, months, then years.

So good for you for giving it a go, and from this point moving forward, welcome to the community.

Here are my top tips for getting started with felting:

- Take a workshop (save time searching for what you need to know, and save money by purchasing the right supplies).

- Purchase from local suppliers to buy your felting supplies! I am not a supplier, but have documented several in this free resource. Support your local community. 

- Join a felting facebook group! Wet Felt Makers is an amazing community.

- Join a private felting facebook group as it's also more intimate, and sometimes has member perks. 

- Experiment with different fibers and techniques.

- Ask lots of questions! 

We are here to be your cheerleader and support each other every step of the way ♥️

Happy Felting!


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